Richard Sherman will be seen, not heard concerning elbow injury

Seattle CB Richard Sherman claims he is 100 percent ready for Super Bowl XLIX. His left elbow which was injured in Sunday's NFC title game with Green Bay will not affect his status moving forward. The announcement lacked the usual sensationalism normally associated with Sherman.

Word travels fast in the NFL. The 1969 Oakland Raiders power sweep tandem of offensive guards, Gene Upshaw and Wayne Hawkins sent Buffalo Bills' S John Pitts to the sidelines with devastating blocks. "He is afraid. I hit him with a foreman so he's out" said Gene Upshaw for NFL Films.

Stories abound about Miami Dolphin's FB Larry Csonka's toughness. He broke his nose about ten times playing football in high school, college, and the pros, causing it to be permanently deformed, and he would remain in the game with blood pouring out of it. He may be the only running back to receive a personal foul for unnecessary roughness while running the ball, when, in a game against the Buffalo Bills in 1970, he knocked out Safety John Pitts with a forearm shot that was more like a right cross.

The only two times Belichick has not deferred were the first game of the 2008 season against the Kansas City Chiefs and the fifth game of the 2013 season against the Cincinnati Bengals. In the 2008 game, quarterback Tom Brady sustained a season-ending knee injury on the Patriots’ second series. The 2013 game featured a driving rainstorm at the end of the game, a 13-6 Cincinnati victory.

New England wins the coin toss and will receive. After a touchback on the kickoff, the first play from scrimmage is a power sweep to the right with six ft. 247 lb. RB LeGarrette Blount rushing for five yards. If we hear the public address announcer telling us that the tackle was made by Richard Sherman, we may have a problem. On second down, Offensive Linemen, Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming will both tell the head referee that are ineligible receivers because it will be a running play to the right.

Silence is golden.

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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